• Harrison Jones

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity

Updated: May 18

Finding yourself slacking? Sometimes having only one monitor or even a wired keyboard can prove disastrous for both staff and business owners.

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity

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Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity


First things first, take a look at your setup, are there any immediate modifications you can make to allow less stress on your hands and body? Perhaps changing the position of your desk-phone might help with multitasking.


Almost everyone that uses a PC with a keyboard and mouse is going to use their right hand to navigate their mouse. If your phone is on the right-hand side of your desk, we would strongly recommend you change this to the left side, to enable multitasking and less strain on your arms.


If your computer mouse is wired - this can limit your ability to expand your desk too. Perhaps consider switching to a wireless mouse, take this into consideration for your keyboard too. A wireless keyboard and mouse can make giving presentations easy, you can hook the keyboard and mouse up to any device, not just your office PC.


Especially now that working from home is regarded as the norm, being able to move your keyboard and mouse from your home PC to your work PC is a huge cost saver. Instead of paying for two (average at best) wired keyboards and mouses, you'll have one you can take anywhere.

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity

Best Wireless Mouse for Your Office?

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity


IT Block Recommends -


Logitech M235 Wireless Mouse


Features include:


  • 10 Meter Range

  • 12-Month Battery Life

  • 1 x AA Battery Already Supplied

  • Advanced Optical Tracking


Average Price - S$35.00

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity

Best Wireless Keyboard for Your Office?

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity


IT Block Recommends - Microsoft N9Z-00028


Features include


  • An integrated multi-touch track-pad

  • Media hotkeys

  • A durable and spill-resistant design, protecting against drops, spills and accidents


Average Price - S$50.00


Using a Second Monitor/Dual Screen Setup

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity


Having only one screen can make tasks tiring and long-winded if you need to copy and paste, or extract data from two pages, such as Excel and SharePoint online.


By introducing a second screen, you can do two things at once. Overall productivity is deemed to increase by 20-50% by introducing a second monitor. No longer would you have to manually switch between two tabs in your internet browser.


Think of the immense possibilities you can take hold of if you're a video editor, programmer or data analyst.


There are several ways to set up your dual-screen too - Take note of a couple of these:



Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity
  • Regular side-by-side view (Left and right monitor)

  • Square view (Mounting your monitors on top of one another)

  • Vertical Setup (Regular setup, just an inverted screen - this is an ideal choice for writers and bloggers)



Best Monitor For Your Office?

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity


IT Block Recommends - IIYAMA Prolite E2282HS-B1 22 Inch Monitor

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity


Features Include:


  • 2 x 1W speakers

  • Over 10 OSD (On-screen display) languages

  • Blue light reducer

  • Wall mounting capability



Average Price S$180.00



Swap Out Your Speakers For Noise Cancelling Headphones

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity


Especially true in busy offices, a noisy background is something you're best to trying to avoid. Speakers aren't really going to help unless you turn them up to their maximum setting, which is just going to be annoying for both yourself and the people around you.


When looking for the perfect headphones for office use, the pair you buy should ideally include these two characteristics:


  • Wireless Connectivity

  • Noise Cancellation



Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity

Best Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones For Your Office?

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity

IT Block Recommends - Bose QuietComfort 35 II


Features Include

  • 20 hours of battery life

  • Instant setup and pairing straight out of the box

  • Dual microphone system

  • Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa connectivity - Set reminders and call people using just your headphones


Average price - S$450.00


Have a tidy up!

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity


41% of workers believe that having a tidy and organised desk space is important to optimise productivity levels at work. If your drawers are rammed full of important documents and you're running out of space to store them - Why not set up a free cloud storage account for your PC?

Desk Ergonomics - How to Improve Your Productivity

OneDrive and Google Drive offer great free/low-cost plans which can make storing files way easier than keeping all of your hard copies. By having a clean and tidy desk space, you can decrease stress levels dramatically.


Up to a third of workers admit that an untidy desk space makes their job feel too stressful.


If you make the necessary changes to your setup and design, you can definitely make a difference not only to your working productivity, but also your happiness at the office. Nothing is worse than constantly being irritated by an unreliable setup.



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